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Volume 3, Issue 48                                                                              June 19, 2018


 
 
 

Police Files

“Finance man” suspected in knife assault on woman and child

On Saturday, June 16 at 2:26 p.m., NBPD responded to the 1900 block of Port Provence Place for a report of a domestic battery in progress. Witness statements indicated that the suspect, described as a 6’ male with brown eyes and black hair, weighing approximately 160 pounds, left the scene before officers arrived.

“The suspect’s car was located nearby and officers attempted to stop him. Instead, he failed to yield and returned to the scene of the incident before surrendering to officers,” said NBPD PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella. “A knife was involved in this incident. A child was one of the victims and the charges stem from the suspect’s actions toward the child.”

The suspect reportedly vandalized personal possessions of the victims with his hands and with the knife, Manzella said.

NBPD charged Christopher Chungyi Hsu, 37, of Upland, with assault with a deadly weapon for the knife, vandalism: graffiti defacing property, cruelty to a child: possible injury or death, and grand theft: motor vehicle parts.

“He was arrested without further incident for the listed charges,” Manzella said.

Hsu, who listed his occupation as “finance”, was booked on $100,000 bail.

Orange man arrested on residential burglary and stalking charges; alleged victim is a Newport Beach woman

On Friday, June 15 at 3:27 p.m. in the 700 block of East Taft in Orange, NBPD arrested Samuel Eugene Irving, 31, of Orange, for residential burglary, forced entry, stalking and criminal threats.

“A suspect attempted to enter a residence in the 300 block of Bay Front shortly before 3 a.m. [that morning]. The suspect found that the door to the residence was locked. He broke a window, but fled before officers arrived,” said NBPD PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella. “The stalking and annoying/threatening charges come from allegations and evidence that the suspect had been harassing the resident prior to the incident. He was served with a temporary restraining order.”

After identifying the suspect, described as a 6’ 3” male weighing 160 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes, investigators responded to an address in Orange where they contacted him and took him into custody without incident. The alleged victim is a Newport Beach woman

“Approximately 12.5 hours transpired between the initial call and Irving being taken into custody,” Manzella said. 

Irving’s bail was set at $50,000.

Tire thrown from overpass nails suspect for meth and jails her for a felony probation violation

On Friday, June 15 at 7:57 p.m. at the University Off Ramp and 73 S Freeway, NBPD received a call reporting that a tire was dropped from the overpass that almost hit their vehicle.

The suspect, described as a 5’, 130-pound female with brown hair and brown eyes, was found with meth and a glass pipe, according to NBPD Spokesperson PIO Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Manzella.

NBPD arrested Ana Victoria Portilla, 33, of Corona, for possession of a controlled substance, paraphernalia, throwing a substance at a vehicle, and felony probation violation. She list her occupation as a recycler.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Throwing a golf ball at a car leads to a trajectory to jail

On Friday, June 15 at 2:58 p.m. at MacArthur Boulevard and San Joaquin Road, NBPD received a report about a suspect throwing something at their Ford Ranger, which turned out to be a golf ball.

NBPD arrested Norman Charles McIntosh, 59, of Garden Grove, for throwing a substance at a vehicle and vandalism/damaging property.

The suspect was described as a 5’10” 160-pound male with brown hair and brown eyes. 

Bail was set at $500.

Scroll down to Police Beat for all arrests & crime report

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A muralist on a mission: Creating a vibrant culture of support

BY LANA JOHNSON

“Americans do not understand that artists are different from ordinary people. That this does not make them insane. This is what makes them artists.” 
– B.A. ShapiroThe Muralist

Imagine the words “You Are Loved” covering the wall of a school for students to see throughout each day and the empowering message it sends. The same youngsters who are surrounded and bombarded by belittling messages of bullying, hate, gender and race bashing, and violence – face to face, on the Internet, via the TV screen, and in the palm of their hands on their mobiles daily.

According to Wikipedia, “a mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture.” That may be the “definition,” but what happens when it takes shape, becomes “alive” and arouses the mind and senses to new and positive possibilities?

That is the mission of muralist Alex Cook.

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Muralist Alex Cook painting the mural on the brick wall at Lincoln Elementary School

I caught up with Cook last Wednesday as he was painting one of his “You Are Loved” murals on the wall at Lincoln Elementary School. He had recently finished one over at Harbor View.

The message he imparts is five-fold:

You Are Loved

You Are Needed

You Are Important

You Are Beautiful

You Can Do It

Cook has been painting for 21 years and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts. He resides in Boston...so how did he come out to Newport Beach to spread his message of worth, hope and value? There was an article on Cook’s work in the Christian Science Monitor and a school in LA loved what his paintings imparted. Facebook played a role and a GoFundMe account brought him out to Southern California in 2015. A ministry in Santa Ana reached out to him in Fall 2016 which led him to complete a prison mural. And soon the message spread to Newport Beach.

“My pieces, which I have painted throughout the country in prisons and jails, homeless shelters, drug rehabs, church campuses and faith communities, served and underserved schools...a spectrum of public places...all send a universal message. It doesn’t matter whether you’re poor, homeless or affluent, ‘You Are Loved’ inspires all of us and makes us feel that we have purpose in life.”

Cook’s first “You Are Loved” mural started four and a half years ago at a school in New Mexico, where his sister lives. The one at Lincoln School is his 46th, which took about a week to complete.

Integral to the artistic process is that wherever Cook sets out his paints, the participants are invited and encouraged to pick up a brush and assist in creating the art.

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The finished “You Are Loved” mural at Lincoln Elementary School

At Lincoln School, approximately 70 students contributed to the inspirational message that adorns the wall in the quad area, which is 8 feet x 40 feet. They will always be a part of it...and can pass their story down.

The day before the event begins, Cook creates a “coloring book” on the wall so that when his contributing artists arrive the design is clear. No two designs are the same, and color palettes differ.

“I really looked inward to discover how a mural can serve as a tool in someone’s life. I wanted to communicate the message that each of our lives is worth living,” Cook said. “And why do you have to be subtle about things that mean something?”

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The “You Are Loved” mural at Harbor View Elementary School

For more information about Alex Cook and to view other “You Are Loved” murals, visit www.stonebalancer.com and www.youarelovedmurals.com.

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Stump the Stu

Holy Cow!

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This colorful cow wandered from its pasture and ended up here. Where is it grazing now?

Take the challenge and submit your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The correct answer will appear in Friday’s edition, along with the correct guesses. So, join us for this local adventure.

If you have a unique spot or icon around town that you think Stu News Newport readers would enjoy finding out about, please shoot it, share it and give us the answer, so we can challenge them!

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You Must Remember This: John Lusk

By NANCY GARDNER

Looking back, it’s surprising how many of the developers that shaped Southern California lived in our area. John Lusk was one of those. Locally, he built Spyglass, Harbor View Hills and Eastbluff, but he had developments throughout Southern California – something like 40,000 homes over the years.

Lusk was a friend of my father’s. They played golf and bridge, and it seems I was occasionally a topic of conversation. Knowing my father’s propensity for mythologizing, heaven only knows how I was described, but whatever magic words he used, one day – without ever meeting me – I was offered a job with his company. I was ready for a change, so after appropriate notice to my current employer, I showed up at Lusk headquarters on Gillette. The receptionist gave me a friendly smile. I gave her my name. When that didn’t register, I explained that I was a new employee. It wasn’t particularly surprising that the receptionist wasn’t aware of my coming, but when I was ushered into the office of the fellow who functioned as chief operating officer and he was equally blank, it was a trifle unsettling.

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John Lusk, who built the Lusk Homes empire

Apparently, Lusk hadn’t said much – if anything – about my arrival, not that that was a problem. If he wanted something...it was done. The company’s org chart was probably like the one Louis XIV would have drawn: the sun (John) at the center with rays shooting out in every direction – and shooting back to him. If he hired me, that was it. What to do with me, however...I probably could have found a desk and sat there and read novels for the next four years and nobody would have said a word, but I try to give value. Since I had worked as a paralegal for several years, I presented myself to the head of the legal department, and he welcomed the assistance. In my previous job, I had been in the marketing department, so I introduced myself to the head of marketing and began working with them, and then I was scooped up by the group producing affordable housing, not because of any particular background I had, but probably because they had seen me wandering the halls and could use another body.

In all the time I was with the company, I never knew who my immediate boss was, and when I asked once if I should expect to be reviewed I was met with a perplexed stare. Given this, it would be easy to think that the company was poorly run. It certainly wasn’t run along traditional lines, but poorly? In 1987, Lusk was 375th on Forbes’ list of the wealthiest 400, so he was obviously doing something right. A big reason for his success is that he intuited the demand for housing post WWII. So firmly did he trust his intuition, that in 1946 he left his job at an S&L and started building homes. He also bought a lot of land early on, so as the company progressed, they often didn’t have to contend with the constantly rising land values that the competition faced. Another reason for his success was that he had a maxim that he followed: Take the profits from the good years in residential sales and invest in commercial real estate to tide you through the lean periods.

While I was there, Mira Mesa in San Diego was just one of the commercial areas that were developed. This served the company well during the period of sky-high interest rates, which pretty much dried up home loans. Developers were going belly up all over the place, but not Lusk. It was tough, but it was his company. He didn’t have shareholders to worry about, and he made it through his way. All the top executives took a 10 percent pay cut, and the rest of us got no raises, but we kept our jobs. I don’t know if there were any layoffs, but if there were, it was nothing compared to what other companies were experiencing.

Lusk wasn’t the only family member in the company. His son, Bill, was very much a part of the company story: the long-time vice chair of the company and a major contributor to the design of Lusk products. He was also an early foodie. If he stuck his head in your office and asked if you wanted to have lunch, you cancelled any previous lunch plans, because with Bill you knew you were going to have an exceptional meal. 

      The Lusk boat was kept at the BBC for years, and Bill served as chair of the Christmas Boat Parade for 15 years. Speaking of service, both father and son believed strongly in giving back. The Lusk Center for Real Estate Development at USC and the Lusk Research Campus at Scripps attest to that, as do numerous other groups that benefited from their largesse. 

       They had a great deal to be proud of, but I think both of them, John in particular, would be proudest of their company providing so many families with well-designed, well-built houses over the years – despite, or perhaps because of, his idiosyncratic org chart.

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Nancy Gardner, former Mayor of Newport Beach, long-time resident and daughter of Judge Robert Gardner, is a regular contributor to StuNewsNewport.

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Sandcastles take over the Gardens

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Sandcastles will take over the Gardens this Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m., as Sherman Library & Gardens presents its Fusions Sandcastle Lounge!

Having just completed Sherman Gardens’ 2018 sculpture exhibit Sandscapes, Chris Crosson (“Mr. Sandcastle”) will host the second installment of Garden Fusions. Crosson will share his experiences on becoming and being a professional sand sculptor. It’s not all just a day at the beach!

His passion for sandcastles has taken the Crosson family all over the country to compete in competitions. The family’s favorite competition is the Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest at Corona del Mar’s Main Beach. The Crossons have participated in this annual event with friends, neighbors and family members every year since 1994.

When the beach meets the kitchen, you can count on Chef Pascal Olhats to create a menu that is classic California coastal cuisine. Upon hearing the theme, Chef Pascal joked, “I guess I’ll need to keep some sand in the clams!”

The evening begins with a reception featuring California BBQ hors d’oeuvres with beer pairings from Towne Park Brewery.

The Menu includes:

Dinner

Local heirloom tomato salad with Sonoma goat cheese

Orange wood smoked brisket with homemade chipotle sauce on grilled local citrus

California beach-style clam bake with Manassero Farms sweet corn

Dessert

Pineapple upside down pie with “sandy” macadamia nut crust

The cost is $75 per person. Additional beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. To keep the experience intimate, seating is limited to 50 guests. Reservations are required. Call Cafe Jardin to make reservations at 949.673.0033.

Garden Fusions is a unique interactive gourmet dining experience. Every dinner has a theme featuring a special host. The host will share knowledge and advice on the evening’s topic. Chef Pascal Olhats, Executive Chef of Cafe Jardin, is challenged to create a multi-course gourmet dinner to complement the theme. This fusion creates one-of-a-kind experiences. The series runs from May through October, and features six different fusion experiences.

Future Garden Fusion Dinners include:

Wednesday, July 18 – Food, Fiber and Love: The Heart of a Palm

Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Eat Your Flowers!

Wednesday, Sept. 19 – Pineapple: Crown of the Caribbean

Wednesday, Oct. 17 – Harvest Celebration

Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. For more information, visit www.slgardens.org.

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Sign of the times

On Fridays we give you a partial glimpse of a sign around town. You guess what the overall name of the business is. 

This Chef’s Toque proved to be tough one. We received a number of guesses, but only one was correct. Congratulations to Stefanie Stamiers who knew where to dine for both the sweet and savory...Pacific Whey Cafe, located in the Newport Hills Shopping Center at 2622 San Miguel Drive, Newport Beach. “Whey” to go, Stefanie!! 

If you’re a business and you want to play, you can send us a high-quality photo of your sign and we’ll take it from there and challenge our readers.

Let’s have some fun!

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Winners of the 2018 California Friendly® Garden Contest announced

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Ethington garden in San Clemente was awarded the Grand Prize

Winners of the Roger’s Gardens 2018 California Friendly® Garden Contest have been announced. Congratulations to Kris & Dave Ethington of San Clemente as the Grand Prize California Friendly Garden winner.

According to Ron Vanderhoff, the contest creator, “At a time when so many homeowners are making changes to their landscapes, these gardens stand out as shining examples of great California Friendly gardens. The Ethingtons’ garden is beautiful, one that any homeowner would aspire to have. But it is more than a beautiful garden, it is an environmentally correct garden. The first thing a visitor might notice is the flurry of life in the garden: pollinators, butterflies, birds, honeybees and insects are everywhere. The garden is incredibly water and resource efficient, which is perhaps foremost on people’s minds. Additionally, it limits run-off by returning rainwater to the soil, does not pollute and generates little green waste.”

The plants in Kris and Dave’s garden are almost all California natives, perfectly adapted to our warm, summer dry Mediterranean climate.

 “The garden is an extraordinary example of a low-water, climate-appropriate and wildlife-friendly garden,” Vanderhoff said. “Gardens like this, especially when combined with other California Friendly gardens in a community, increase biodiversity and support an improved urban ecology,”

Kris Ethington adds, “We entered the contest in 2006 or 2007 and won the “Best DIY” category with our former home in San Clemente. We had only a little experience with CA natives at the time. Our CA Friendly gardening experience has evolved over the years. When we remodeled our current home, we chose to have a clean start in the landscape and replanted with nearly all natives while incorporating ocean/California Friendly design practices. We wanted to again participate with the hope we help inspire others to consider planting waterwise CA natives that benefit pollinators and wildlife.

“We removed a lawn and an ivy/juniper bank and replanted with CA natives selected for their dryness in a coastal environment that benefit pollinators and wildlife. We incorporated a roof gutter fed drywell with overflow in the site drainage. This temporarily captures dew and rain from the porch roof in a 2 ft. x 3 ft. reserve, deepening the water table accessible for nearby natives. It also helps to filter pollutants and reduce water entering storm drains. We irrigate by hand, every three or four weeks depending on season or rain events.”

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Simpson garden, Huntington Beach

The contest organizers are hoping to raise public awareness about water conservation and habitat enrichment by showcasing the best of these home gardens in Orange County.

Underlining its popularity, this year’s contest was one of the largest in its 11-year history. The Ethingtons will receive a $1,500 award, a certificate and a handsome engraved stone to add to their garden and commemorate their achievement.

Now in its 11th year, this year’s contest was launched in February at Roger’s Gardens, a retail home and garden center in Newport Beach that has become a leader in California Friendly gardening. The goals of the contest are to acknowledge those homeowners who are gardening leaders in their communities and to inspire others to make their own changes to conserve and protect our natural resources.

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Orland garden, Brea

“People need to see that a California Friendly garden looks beautiful, is easy to maintain and features a wide selection of dazzling plants. These gardens use about half as much water as a typical garden. But most people that see these gardens aren’t even aware of their water use. They are just beautiful gardens,” said Vanderhoff, who created the contest and organized a coalition of local and regional water suppliers, university researchers, local governments, non-profit organizations and other experts.

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Tran garden, Huntington Beach

“Given the current importance of conserving our natural resources and the need for more habitat, this is an opportune time to be promoting California Friendly practices,” Vanderhoff shared. The California Friendly Garden Contest is open to all residents of Orange County with a front garden that has been established at least one month.

The Grand Prize winner, the Ethingtons, received $1,500, a certificate and an engraved stone to be displayed in their garden – “Best California Friendly Garden in Orange County 2018.

Four additional awards were given to these winning California Friendly gardeners:

Simpson Garden – Huntington Beach ($350 prize and certificate)

Orland Garden – Brea ($350 prize and certificate)

Tran Garden – Huntington Beach ($350 prize and certificate)

Richard Hodge Garden – Seal Beach ($350 prize and certificate)

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Hodge garden, Seal Beach

Judges, who are experts in gardening, water conservation and landscaping, visited the top 10 gardens. The final results, with photos have been posted on the contest website at www.rogersgardens.com.

The California Friendly® Garden Contest is sponsored by Roger’s Gardens and supported by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Irvine Ranch Water District, the City of Newport Beach, the Surfrider Foundation, the California Native Plant Society, Monrovia Growers, Gardner and Bloome and the UC Cooperative Extension.

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Crystal Cove Cottages restoration more than halfway complete; donations needed to finish the job

Crystal Cove Cottages

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The cottage restoration process at Crystal Cove is more than halfway complete. With 29 of the 46 cottages already restored, Crystal Cove Conservancy officials have announced the need for more money to finish the project.

The total remaining cost for restoration is estimated to be around $35 million. With a goal to fundraise $5 million before the start of September, the group has raised about $1.1 million. Luckily, on Friday, June 8, the Packard Foundation approved a low-interest $10 million construction loan. This will make the final stages of the restoration process go by even faster!

This project has not been an easy one. From unstable cliffs to sewage systems, it has been hard to obtain the financial and physical means needed for completion. However, the cottages have a special place in peoples’ hearts, for some of them have been around since 1940. It is the history and memories that matter, not necessarily how fancy they look.

The workers are looking at a five-year timeline for the final completion of the cottages. Once finished, we will all want to check them out! 

For more information regarding the cottages and how to support the project, visit www.crystalcove.org.

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Sign up for Summer Nature Camp at the ENC

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The Environmental Nature Center (ENC) is hosting its 2018 Summer Nature Camp, with one-week sessions from June 25 - August 16. The camp runs from either 9 a.m. - 1 or 3 p.m. for children ages 3 through grade 8. There are only a few spots left so sign up now!

The ENC has had Summer Nature Camps since 1977. Its goal is to provide science education through fun and interactive learning sessions. According to their website, “Campers spend most of their time outside, having a great time observing nature close up using tools like binoculars, magnifying lenses and microscopes.”

While summer is a break from school, it should not be a break from learning. Instead of being stuck in a classroom, your child will have fun participating in games and crafts that revolve around the environment. 

For more information, visit www.enccenter.org. There is a 10 percent discount for ENC members. 

ENC is located at 1601 16th St., Newport Beach.


Crystal Cove summer programs, shows beckon

Crystal Cove Conservancy (CCC) is offering a variety of programs this summer. Local residents are encouraged to sign up quickly before registrations are full.

Every Wednesday between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., now through August 29, CCC is offering fun and historical activities for the whole family at Community Days in the Education Commons. From watercolors to sea glass, participants will tap into their “inner artists” in Crystal Cove’s serene surroundings. Attendees will also learn about the unique history of Crystal Cove through a guided tour of the historic district, or explore the science of Crystal Cove State Park. Best of all...this is a free event. 

Local families are also encouraged to sign up for CCC’s Family Plein Art Workshop on Monday, July 30. During the three-hour program, family teams will explore the basics of plein air painting, and then work together to design a fun still life arrangement that captures the summer spirit of the Cove, as each family member creates their own masterpiece. These workshops are intended for parents, grandparents and children ages 8 and up. Laura Rosenkranz will be the instructor.

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Family Plein Air Art Exploration

Crystal Cove State Park has a long history of plein air artists painting and preserving its beautiful landscapes. Now, every summer, you can be a part of this 100-year-old tradition during the Great Plein Air Art Experience. Spend a relaxing day with one of Crystal Cove State Park’s plein air artists while capturing the beauty of the Cove on canvas. No experience is required; this introductory class is recommended for novices only. Available dates that are still open are July 17, and August 23 and 30. Alan Nowell will be the instructor.

Crystal Cove Conservancy also hosts Movie Nights on the Beach. This year, CCC is showing Alice in Wonderland (July 19), Beach Blanket Bingo (August 2) and Casablanca (August 16) on a giant inflatable screen outside the Historic District’s “Beaches” Film & Media Center (Cottage #13). Learn about Crystal Cove’s role in the early film industry, relax on the sand and enjoy a one-of-a-kind movie experience. All films start at 8 p.m. and are free to the public with a $15 day-use parking fee.

Last but not least, don’t miss the Summer Art Show – Diamonds in the Sand – where more than 50 works by 35 local artists will be presented. An Artist Reception takes place on Friday, July 27 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. with live music, food, and beverages amid a picturesque beachfront location. The cost is $10 for members and $20 for the general public. Tickets are available for purchase at www.crystalcove.org/ArtShow. The Public Show takes place on Friday, July 28 through Saturday, July 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Education Commons with a $15 day-use parking fee.

Check out www.crystalcove.org for more information regarding these events or call 949.376.6200.

Crystal Cove Conservancy is located at #5 Crystal Cove, Newport Coast.


Segerstrom to host World Premiere of Isadora, featuring world-famous Russian ballerina

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Ballerina Natalia Osipova in Isadora

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is showcasing the world premiere of Isadora, in four performances only, August 10 - 12. The performances take place in Segerstrom Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.

According to Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ website, a new full-length work has been created specifically for brilliant Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, former principal dancer with both the Bolshoi and Mikhailovsky ballets and a guest artist with American Ballet Theatre. She has been to the Center many times, creating new works and performing classics.

The original choreography and direction is by Vladimir Varnava, with music performed live by the Mikhailovsky Orchestra. Veronika Part has the featured role of The Ballerina. There will also be a cast of 20 international dancers. You do not want to miss out on this special performance.

For tickets, which start at $29, contact the Box Office at 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.scfta.org.


Race for the Cure scheduled for Sept. 23

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BE MORE THAN PINK ®and join Susan G. Komen Orange County for the 27th Annual Race for the Cure on Sunday, Sept 23 at Fashion Island in Newport Beach from 6:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure has been the largest, most powerful, and beautiful event uniting the community to celebrate and honor breast cancer survivors in a fun-filled day for the whole family. The event raises funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, commemorates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle to the disease.

Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds raised stays in our community to help fund vital breast cancer health education, and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. The remaining 25 percent supports the Susan G. Komen® Grants Program in funding research for the cure.

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Event Day Schedule:

6:30 a.m.: Registration

6:30 - 8:30 a.m.: Survivor Complimentary Breakfast

6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Wellness Expo

7:15 a.m.: First 5K Run/Walk

9 a.m.: Breast Cancer Survivors’ Tribute

9:45 a.m.: Second 5K Run/Walk

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for breast cancer survivors or those living with metastatic cancer; $15 for youth; and $45 for virtual participants. Register by Wednesday, July 4 and receive a special discounted rate of $25.

For more information and to register, visit www.komenoc.org/race.

The race takes place at the Pacific Life building, 700 Newport Center Dr., Fashion Island, Newport Beach.


JWA releases 2017 annual report, is ranked highest in customer satisfaction among large airports in North America

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John Wayne Airport (JWA) recently released its 2017 annual report, highlighted by a 94 percent customer satisfaction rating and numerous national awards.

“John Wayne Airport was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among large airports in North America in the 2017 J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Survey, based on responses from 34,695 North American travelers,” stated a company release. “This study measured overall traveler satisfaction based on six factors: terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage and retail.”

Also, Travel & Leisure magazine ranked JWA one of the “Top 10 Best Domestic Airports.” Obviously, the people who voted are not all from Orange County; therefore, its ideal location was not a factor when it came down to achieving this award. 

For those who are glued to their laptops, JWA recently improved the speed of Wi-Fi throughout the airport by 300 percent. There are no excuses to not getting your work done now.

Recently, JWA elevated curbside convenience to the next level with FlashValet, an enhanced valet parking system that provides a faster check-in and check-out process, and new amenities for guests utilizing the valet parking service.

The FlashValet system offers vehicle drop-off and pick-up via text request, convenient payment options including mobile payment, and an intuitive easy-to-use mobile application. But, the convenience doesn’t stop at the curb. Additional amenities available through valet parking include paintless dent removal, fuel refilling and ultimate detailing and hand car wash services. Curbside valet parking is available on the Departure (upper) Level in front of the Riley Terminal. The two valet parking locations are located curbside between Terminals A and B, and curbside between Terminals B and C.

For more information on JWA’s 2017 annual report, including a video from Airport Director Barry A. Rodinella, visit www.ocair.com/annualreport/2017.


MDA presents Summer Home at Back Bay Bistro

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MDA Events (Modern Disco Ambassadors) is presenting the third installment of Summer Home, a monthly summer series highlighting the best in music, at Back Bay Bistro on Sunday, July 8 from 3 - 8 p.m.

Dance waterside with special MDA DJs & Friends including Thomas Garcia, Dagz Bros, Double D’s, Michael Vegh and Diamond Heist. Indulge in food and specialty cocktails courtesy of Back Bay Bistro while enjoying a picturesque day on the bay. Satisfy all of your senses with Summer Home at Back Bay Bistro – the quintessential backdrop for the perfect Sunday soirée.

The cost to attend is $5 - $10. Food and beverages are sold separately. The event is for those 21 years of age and older. For tickets, visit www.followmda.com.

Back Bay Bistro is located at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Catch “The Really Big Show” at the Dunes

The Really Big Show surfer

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Photo by Bob Sergeant Photography, 2016

On Saturday, June 23 from 12 - 6 p.m., the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is presenting “The Really Big Show” at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort.

Festivities highlighting the day include these four great bands: Side Deal, Swingin’ Tikis, Electric Cool-Aide and Superdelux, with special guests. There will be food trucks, beer & wine and parking is available onsite. The inflatable waterpark will be out, too!

Tickets are $50. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation in support of wounded military men and women with surf therapy. Tickets for admission, drinks and the opportunity drawing can be purchased online at www.TheReallyBig.Show.

Get out there and support a great cause!

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.


Find out what’s new at the OC Fair during upcoming luncheon

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Enjoy a special farm to table luncheon at OC Fair’s Millennium Barn at Centennial Farm on Thursday, June 24 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Guests will learn about the OC Fair & Event Center’s education and community programs, then stay for a guided tour of Centennial Farm. 

Luncheon attendees will each receive one free ticket to the 2018 OC Fair. The OC Fair takes place July 13 - August 12.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce and presented by Kathy Kramer, CEO, OC Fair & Event Center. This cost is $30 for Costa Mesa Chamber members and $40 for non-members. Parking for the luncheon is free. To park, enter the main gate on Fair Drive and proceed through the gate into parking lot B on the left-hand side. Enter the fairgrounds through the blue gate.

To make a reservation, visit www.costamesachamber.com.

OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit www.ocfair.com.


Six seniors recognized in the Superintendent Character Trait Awards Program

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) recognized six high school seniors for their exceptional character leadership traits. Now in its sixth year, the program recognizes six graduating seniors from high schools throughout our district who exemplify one of the six pillars of character: caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness.

Miranda McCormick

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Miranda McCormick with NHHS Principal Sean Boulton

Miranda McCormick: Caring - Newport Harbor High School

Miranda McCormick cares about her community beyond the walls of the classroom. She works tirelessly in her community to help those in need and improve the lives of others. For six years, she spent her summers volunteering at NMUSD sponsored Camp Friendship helping younger children with autism develop social skills. McCormick patiently and effectively connects with young people to bring out their best with her kindness that requires no acknowledgement. She also worked to ease pain for children in life-threatening situations and their families as second year in a row president for the on campus Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Ryan Hamilton

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Ryan Hamilton in class at Corona del Mar

Ryan Hamilton: Trustworthiness - Corona del Mar High School

Ryan has gained the trust of the staff on campus by working as an office teacher assistant. Ryan takes his job seriously and listens well to directions. He understands the importance of his job and ensures that he is ready to serve at any moment. If the office staff has something very important to be delivered or needs something done right, they make sure they give it to him or they will wait until they know he is working to get it done. School staff trusts him and knows that he will be responsible for any task given.

James Brown

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James Brown in front of the Big “E” at Estancia High School

James Brown: Citizenship - Estancia High School

James Brown is a peer mentor to ninth grade students as a Link Crew Leader and has participated in Estancia’s Youth and Government program for three years, where he currently serves as delegation president. He is an ambassador of Estancia High School’s student delegate of the Australia Sister City Education Exchange Program, and is a member of Estancia’s Leo Club through Lions International and Interact Club through Rotary International, which promotes leadership and responsible citizenship. He also serves as a tutor and volunteers at local homeless shelters to help coordinate food and clothing donation campaigns.

Emily Kubisty

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Emily Kubisty is congratulated in class by NMUSD Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro

Emily Kubisty: Fairness - Estancia High School

Emily Kubisty consistently models fairness by listening to all points of view during activities and lessons, and she upholds the expectations of leadership and collaboration within the classroom. She is a Link Crew Leader at Estancia and works daily with a group of 12 freshmen leading teambuilding activities. She actively encourages all students to equally participate and share thoughts in a positive manner. When freshmen students experience disagreement, Kubisty facilitates communication and understanding between all parties to resolve potential conflicts. She pursues positive solutions to problems, and has built strong relationships as a result. Her ability to be fair and play by the rules also extends to the softball field, where she exemplifies the C.I.F. Victory with Honor Principles.

Zaid Batarseh

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Zaid Batarseh (left) is a proud Costa Mesa High School Mustang

Zaid Batarseh: Responsibility - Costa Mesa High School

Zaid Batarseh responsibly runs regular meetings with his peers and organizes students in various roles to implement community and fundraising projects. He has taken his school leadership roles seriously, whether as a mentor, running community events or fundraising. He works closely with parents on various band events, attends parent meetings, does monthly reports, advocates for his peers, and works closely with his teachers. Batarseh mentors younger members of the middle school and volunteers to work with elementary students during the summer. Due to his responsible work ethic, he was asked to assist teachers with various organizational duties during the district’s elementary summer music program.

Alexander Johnson

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Alexander Johnson (middle) demonstrates the high ideals of respect at Early College High School

Alexander Johnson: Respect - Early College High School

Alexander Johnson is known for showing consideration toward classmates, staff, and anyone that he meets. He firmly believes in accepting differences in others and practices tolerance of differing ideas in the classroom, and in his daily interactions with others. He consistently demonstrates the ability to be an active listener and genuinely cares about other people’s points of view. When communicating with his classmates, Johnson is respectful in his speech and actions towards others. He is a balanced thinker who is easy-going and mild-mannered.

In May, the selected students received a surprise visit from Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro and were presented a letter of recognition and an invitation to be recognized by the Board of Education at the June 12 board meeting. A banner with a photo of each student, name of their high school, and their character trait will be displayed in the district lobby throughout the 2018-19 school year.

Congratulations to each of these seniors for their exemplary achievements!

For more information, visit www.mnusd.us.


Pet of the Week Dog and Cat print

StuNewsNewport is delighted to be working with the Newport Beach Animal Shelter to help get the word out in search of loving homes for pets that deserve a warm, nurturing environment and a place to call “home.”

Prada

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Animal Shelter

MEET PRADA

Truly THE BEST little girl EVER!  

Meet Prada. She gets along with everyone. She’s the most easy-going kitten that you’ll ever meet. Approximately six months in age, with a tomboy tortoiseshell temperament, she likes to cuddle, socialize and share you in her grace. Prada is a very happy girl and her heart is ready for her true BFF. Stop by to meet “purrfect “Prada. This tortie is truly one of a kind.

At any given time, the shelter can have 4 - 5 dogs and 7 - 8 cats/kittens and other pets available for adoption. At times, they receive owner turn-ins that would do best adopted out together. 

Adoption costs at the shelter:

Dogs - $130

Puppies - $150

Cats - $90

Kittens - $110

If you are interested in finding out more about Prada, or any other animals up for adoption, the Newport Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20302 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach. It is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call 949.644.3656. Email Valerie Schomburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To find out how you can help support the shelter, visit www.nbpd.org and click on “Our Animal Shelter” to view the wish list. They can always use food & treats; new toys; grooming, hygiene & comfort products; as well as laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, sponges & scrub pads and lint rollers. If you are interested in volunteering, you can fill out and sign the application on the website.


Stu News Newport seeks summer leagues, camps

Sports Equipment

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Stu News Newport is looking to coaches, camp counselors, teachers, parents and boosters…anyone that can fill us in on the summer activities of Newport Beach kids and adults. 

We want local club results (soccer, baseball, swimming, tennis, golf, surfing...), local tournaments or opportunities for youth and adult participation, leagues and camps included. You get the idea...

Send them in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


For A Good Cause

From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

Newport Harbor

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Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar | June 17 - 24 with varying performance times. | Subscription for all five concerts is $280 that includes priority seating at each event and a private post-concert dinner following the Festival Finale on Sunday, June 24. Single concerts range in price from $30 - $50. The 38th Baroque Music Festival features a charming French repertoire in a program cast as “French Fare with a Dash of Handel” that is sure to delight. Set in a menu of five individual concerts within an eightday period, enjoy an extraordinary mix of Baroque musicians performing at three select venues in Corona del Mar and Newport Beach.

Contact: www.bmf–cdm.org, or call 949.760.7887.

Takes place at venues throughout Newport Beach and Corona del Mar.

Baroque Music Festival

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Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) | June 21 | Individual tickets are $150.

SWIRL: Orange County Wine Tasting Event is LRF’s inaugural event featuring a curated selection of Old Word vs. New World wines from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, delicious bites to complement the tasting and an exciting silent auction. This brings together Orange County area lymphoma doctors, caregivers and survivors in support of the LRF and its mission. LRF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer.

Contact: Taylor Zitay Kahn, director of distinguished events at 646.465.9103.

Takes place at the Balboa Pavilion/Harborside Grand Ballroom, 400 Main St., Newport Beach.

Hoag Hospital | June 27 beginning at 5 p.m. | Individual tickets are $125 and include all food and beverages. Tickets and underwriting opportunities are available. Celebrating its 31st year, the Hoag Summer Fest (formerly Hoag Summer Classic) will bring together more than 40 of Orange County’s finest restaurants, live music and thousands of Hoag donors and friends. Thanks to generous donors, restaurants and volunteers, the Hoag Summer Fest has raised more than $2 million and introduced many new friends to Hoag. This year’s festival-themed event is co-chaired by Drs. Valery and David Brouwer and community leaders Lauri and Steve Delson. The community is invited to meet some of Orange County’s top chefs while sampling food and beverages from more than 40 of our finest local restaurants. Hoag Summer Fest restaurant partners, many of whom have been loyal participants for decades, are vital to the overall success of this popular event. To see the most current list of participating restaurants, visit www.HoagPromise.org/HoagSummerFest. Live music will be performed by Jumping Jack Flash, known as the world’s greatest tribute to The Rolling Stones. Guests will have the chance to purchase opportunity drawing tickets for their chance to win gift packages from restaurants, local vendors and other exciting items. The grand prize item is a one-year lease of a new 2018 BMW X3, courtesy of Sterling BMW of Newport Beach.

Contact: www.HoagPromise.org/HoagSummerFest

Takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach.

Water Grill

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Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA.

With My Own Two Hands Foundation | July 15 from 5 - 8 p.m. | Tickets are $125 - $150. | Fifth Annual Red Carpet Documentary Screening for With My Own Two Hands Foundation. With My Own Two Hands is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Laguna Beach that is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for projects in Africa that benefit children in need. With My Own Two Hands support water and agricultural projects that fund education and create self-reliant projects and communities to more than 3,000 people in Kenya. Host: Stan Verrett, ESPN host/anchor of SportsCenter. The event features Red Carpet photos, special guest, hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auction items, guest speakers and live performers.

Contact: www.withmyown2hands.org

Takes place at The Port Theater, 2905 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar.

Our Children

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Miracle of Mobility | July 26 at 5:30 p.m. | Tickets are $175. |This festive evening features delectable food stations with an international flair, one-of-a-kind silent auction and an uplifting program featuring stories of transformation. This year, special guest Swati Dlamini Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, will share an inspiring message of hope. Mandel is the founding partner and managing director of Qunu Workforce, an organization committed to creating equality in the workforce for South African people living with disabilities, many of whom face great stigma. Come celebrate with the Free Wheelchair Mission community. Self-parking is hosted in the Center Tower, Park Center and Plaza Tower parking structures.

Contact: www.freewheelchairmission.org

Takes place in the Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Working Wardrobes & VetNet | July 28 at 6 p.m. | Tickets are $250. | Opportunity Drawing: Tesla Radio Flyer Model S Electric Kids Car, $50. Hosted Tables of up to 10 people are $3,000. Sponsorships are available. A Star Spangled Night supports the powerful programs offered to men, women, young adults and veterans at Working Wardrobes and VetNet. Enjoy an evening of great food, fabulous wine and entertainment.

Contact: Call 714.210.2460. www.workingwardrobes.org

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach.

10th Annual Lobsterfest at Newport Beach | August 5 from 3 - 8 p.m. | This annual celebration of summer centers around a fresh whole Maine lobster dinner with dancing to live music, an opportunity drawing for a big screen TV, and fun on the beach for the entire family. Live whole Maine lobster flown in fresh on the morning of the event is prepared on-site alongside a buffet that includes New York strip steak, corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, salad, freshly baked sourdough rolls and dessert. In addition to serving a whole Maine lobster dinner and all its complements, the event features a full bar with spirits, craft beer and premium wine. “West Coast Party Crashers” who was a

huge hit last year will supply the live entertainment. Their high energy four-piece dance band covers everything from Contemporary Rock to Hip Hop, ‘90s Alternative, ‘70s Disco/Funk and ‘80s New Wave/Rock...guaranteed to keep the party rolling. All proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish® – Orange County and Inland Empire and Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County. Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Leadership Tomorrow – Orange County is a nine-month program designed for informed citizens committed to learning more about their communities. 

Contact: www.lobsterfestatnewportbeach.com for tickets and more information.

Takes place at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach (enter via Bayside Drive).      

Lobsterfest for For A Good Cause

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Laura’s House | September 22 at 6 p.m. | Tickets are $275. | Join Annual Gala guests in celebrating 24 years of service to the community. Enjoy a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and a dinner reception. Guests of honor include individuals and corporations that have contributed integral support to the programs and services Laura’s House provides.

Contact: Andrea McCallister, 949.361.3775, ext. 211. www.laurashouse.org

Takes place at Balboa Bay Resort, 1221 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach.      

Susan G. Komen | September 23 | 27th Annual Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for a Cure is the annual 5K run/walk, and the largest annual fundraiser of its kind in Orange County. Join thousands of supporters, breast cancer survivors and families gathering with a common vision: a world without breast cancer.

Contact: Stacy Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 714.957.9157, ext. 34. www.komenoc.org/race

Takes place at Fashion Island, Newport Beach.

 

Editor’s Note: If you have a philanthropic event with a connection to Newport Beach you would like to see publicized, please email the information with an image and contact person with email address to Lana Johnson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If would like to reach out to Newport Beach non-profit organizations, visit https://greatnonprofits.org/city/newport-beach/CA


Newport Beach Public Library Hosts
Events, Workshops

NB Central Library

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

Artist James Strombotne exhibits artwork in collaboration with a new book, Beyond the Brushstrokes, Continuing through July 6, with a free informal reception and short lecture on May 24 at 7 p.m. Strombotne, along with his daughter Emily Strombotne, will meet guests and talk about his paintings and their collaboration on a new book, Behind the Brushstrokes. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Presented by the Newport Beach City Arts Commission. Art is on display at Central Library during regular operating hours, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Strombotne dreamcatcher artwork

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Summer Reading Program Begins!, June 23 all day. This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” Kids through 6th grade may participate in the Children’s Program, where they spend time reading to earn prizes. Check out the weekly fun events at each NBPL branch. There are also separate reading programs for Teens and Adults. Takes place at all library branches.

Kids Imagine Nation Show, June 23 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join the fun with this kick-off to the Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” Party with Kids Imagine Nation at this interactive musical show for the entire family. Don’t forget to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet to start your reading adventure. Bon voyage! Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Takes place at Central Library’s Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Billy Bonkers Magic, June 25 at 2 and 4 p.m. at Mariners Branch Library’s Children’s Room; June 26 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Central Library Friends Room; and June 28 at 11 a.m. Balboa Branch Library. Go bonkers with Billy Bonkers’ Magic show! Billy’s silly magic presentation will delight children of all ages. Begin the Summer Reading Program of “Reading Takes You Everywhere” with this fun event. Don’t forget to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet and start your reading adventure. Bon voyage! Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity. Mariners Branch Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. Balboa Branch Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa.

Billy Bonkers character

Let’s Go to Asia, July 2 at 2 p.m., in Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 3 at 10 a.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room; and July 5 at 11 a.m. in the Balboa Branch Library. Explore the continent of Asia through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so bring the whole family. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

“Bridges” photographs by Diana Blaisure opens, July 9 and continues through Sept. 7. The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents an exhibition of monochrome prints by photographer Diana Blaisure, who will be making a return visit to the Newport Beach Central Library gallery. Bridge also functions as a metaphor: linking analog and digital as the artist combines scanned watercolor mono-prints with digital photography. Integrating abstract forms and color of a mono-print with the solid form and composition of a bridge is the initial step. The process has allowed her to look at bridges with new eyes. Works are on display at Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach during regular operating hours. 

Bridges Coronado duet

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Polynesian Paradise Dancers, July 9 at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 10 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room and July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. Feel the rhythm of Hawai’i and the Polynesian islands as you experience island culture through dance. All ages will enjoy watching the dancers perform in their gorgeous costumes. Families can also participate in a hula lesson, using dance to create a story of Hawai’i’s history and tropical landscape. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Let’s Go to Africa, July 16 at 2 p.m., in the Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 17 at 10 a.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room; and July 19 at 11 a.m. in the Balboa Branch Library. Explore the various regions and tribes of the continent of Africa through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so bring the whole family. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Africa

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Evening Book Discussion Group, July 18 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Join the discussion! You will be meeting on the third Wednesday of every month. At the meeting, the group will work together to select the next book title, so come prepared with ideas for the future reads. All readers are welcome. No registration is required. The first book is Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Synopsis: Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies – with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away – as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric 9-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation– and whether Mimi will ever finish that book. Full of heart and countless “only-in-Hollywood” moments, Be Frank with Me is a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world. Takes place in Central Library’s Charles Sword Meeting Room, upstairs at 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. For more information, contact Terry Sanchez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 949.717.3818.

Be Frank With Me bookcover

Flights of Fantasy Story Theater, July 23 at 2 and 4 p.m. in the Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 24 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room and July 26 at 11 a.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. Flights of Fantasy Story Theater invites everyone to join them for “From the Page to the Stage,” folktales from around the world. Watch as these tales come to life with memorable characters, props, and costumes. This unique interactive storytelling experience will be sure to captivate all ages, so bring the entire family to share the fun. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Folktale

Let’s Go to South America, July 30 at 2 p.m. in the Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 31 at 10 a.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room. Explore the continent of South America through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so bring the whole family. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Let’s Go to South America, July 30 at 2 p.m. in the Crean Branch Library’s Vincent Jorgensen Room; July 31 at 10 a.m. in Central Library’s Friends Room. Explore the continent of South America through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so bring the whole family. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Let’s Go to South America, August 2 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. Explore the continent of South America through a variety of crafts. There will be activities for every skill level, so bring the whole family. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

The Ocean Adventure, August 6 from 2 - 3 p.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. at Crean Mariners Branch Library; August 7 from 10 - 11 a.m. and 12 - 1 p.m. Central Library’s Friends Room; and August 9 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Balboa Branch Library. Visit the home of Nemo the fish...Australia›s Great Barrier Reef! Join Wayne and Karen Brown, naturalists and award-winning underwater photographers, as they share the wonders of their Australian expeditions through videos, storytelling, and life-sized props. Children of all ages are encouraged to come and learn about our beloved Pacific Ocean and Australia›s Great Barrier Reef at this exciting presentation! Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Clown fish

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Sculpture Lecture Series, August 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. Take a look at the artists and works of Phase III of the Sculpture in the Civic Center Park Exhibition. This session features Cosmic Glints by Patricia Vader. City Arts Commissioner Grace Divine – art lover, historian and critic – hosts a nine-part series of lectures on the new Phase III additions to the Sculpture at Civic Center Park Exhibition. Find out what inspired Craig Gray to create Popsicles. How did David Boyer craft Getting Your Bearings? How did Patricia Vader come up with the idea to use bicycle wheels to construct Cosmic Glints? These, and many other questions will be answered. Each lecture will cover a different sculptor, and will include the artist’s history and inspiration, as well as a look into the art style, technique and process used to create the art. Admission is free, and seating is limited

Cosmic Glints

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ASRP Wrap Up Party, August 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. If you participated in the Summer Reading Program for Adult, you are invited to this wrap-up party. Refreshments and prizes add to the fun. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Contact Terry Sanchez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. Takes place in the Central Library Staff Conference Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach.

Summer Reading Program Ends, August 11 all day. Today is the last day to collect prizes earned in the “Reading Takes You Everywhere” program at your local branch.

Pacific Animal Productions and Summer Reading Program Finishers’ Party, August 11 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join the fun for a live animal show and finishers’ party at the Central Library Friends Room, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. The finale performers, Pacific Animal Productions, will take you on one last adventure as you meet animals from around the world! Summer Reading participants from every branch are invited to attend, and all finishers from every branch will be honored. Afterward, share a special treat in the Bamboo Courtyard to celebrate your accomplishment. Funding for all summer programs is provided by generous donations from the Friends of the Library. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is first come, first seated and is limited by room capacity.

Let’s Read! Kids’ Storytimes

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Books & Babies – It’s never too early for storytime. Introduce language and reading to the littlest lap-sitters, 6 - 24 months. Central on Mondays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.;

Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.; Mariners on Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Balboa on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Storytime – Start building a love of reading early with fun stories and songs for toddlers from 24-36 months. Please arrive on time and do not bring older siblings. Central on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Thursdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Songs & Stories – Children 2 - 5 years of age will enjoy stories and music, while being introduced to guided movement, yoga and instruments. Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m..

Preschool Storytime – Stories, poems and songs will inspire literary, dramatic and musical fun for kids 3 - 5 years of age. Balboa on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Mariners on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Grant Howald Park’s Community Room on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 11:45 a.m.. Central on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pajama Storytime – Children from age 3 - 7 can enjoy just-before-bed storytelling fun. Don’t forget to come in your pjs! Central on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Family Storytime – Enjoy family time with stories, songs and a craft geared especially for children ages 3-7. Central on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. www.newportkids.org

 

Branches

Central Library

1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3800

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.

Mariners Branch

1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. 949.717.3838

Hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;

Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Balboa Branch

100 E. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. 949.644.3076

Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday through Saturday,

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays

Corona del Mar Branch

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Police Beat Primer

Compiled by Tom Johnson 

Police Beat derives from information in the log maintained at the front counter by the Newport Beach Police Department and required under CA Government Code Section 6254 (f). The press does not have access to written police reports.

Information in the police department log is deemed reliable and StuNewsNewport is not responsible for mistakes made available as public record by the Newport Beach Police Department.

Any person arrested is innocent until found guilty in a court of law.

Abbreviations sometimes used in Police Beat:

647f – Public Intoxication; DUI – Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; NFA – No fixed address; RP – Reporting/Responsible Party; UTL – Unable to locate

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DUI Arrests

Haley Nicole Datt, 20, Costa Mesa – Friday, June 15

Dung Tien Nguyen, 36, Santa Ana – Friday, June 15

Renee Jeanette Bemis, 40, Newport Beach – Thursday, June 14

Alfredo Cabreraleal, 34, Costa Mesa – Thursday, June 14 (with prior)

Kristina Ashlie Castro, 26, Whittier – Thursday, June 14

Christopher James Martin, 32, Newport Beach – Thursday, June 14

Incident Reports

Friday, June 15

5:57 p.m. Robert Carl Munson II, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested for drinking in public,

Newport Center Drive & Anacapa Drive I Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance

12:05 a.m. Kyle Edward Swallow, 24, Valencia, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Hospital Road I 300 Block I DUI Alcohol, Excessive Speed, Unsafe Lane Change, False Evidence of Age

1:54 a.m. Haley Nicole Datt, 20, Costa Mesa, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive speed, an unsafe lane change, and possession/use of false evidence of age. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Pier I 00 Block I Warrant

2:45 p.m. Brian Robert Schaar, 32, Lake Forest, was arrested on a warrant related to being drunk in public and being under the influence of drugs. Bail was set at $20,000.

Newport Center Drive I 400 Block I Shoplifting and Trespassing

3 p.m. Reese Mitchel Westenberger, 53, Laguna Beach, was arrested for shoplifting and trespassing – refusing to leave a property. Bail was set at $500.

Orange Street & Beach Drive I Possession of Paraphernalia

8:39 p.m. Yitzak Gonzalez, 26, Costa Mesa, was arrested for unlawful possession of paraphernalia. Bail was set at $500.

16th Street I 1500 Block I Minor Possession of Alcohol, Drinking in Public/Open Container

10:56 p.m. A minor, 19, Newport Beach, was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, drinking in public and having an open container of alcohol while driving. Bail was set at $500.

Thursday, June 14

Via Lido & Newport Boulevard I DUI Alcohol and Unsafe Speed for Prevailing Conditions

2:10 a.m. Christopher James Martin, 32, Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, and driving at an unsafe speed for prevailing conditions. Bail was set at $2,500.

Newport Center Drive I 500 Block I Petty Theft, Obstruction/Resisting Arrest of a Peace Officer, Trespassing, and Parole Violation 

11:35 a.m. Gonzalo Hernandez, 25, Anaheim, was arrested for petty theft from buildings, obstruction or resisting an arrest of a peace officer, trespassing, refusing to leave a property, and a parole violation. Bail was set at $500.

Newport Center Drive I 500 Block I Petty Theft and Trespassing

11:53 a.m. Jennifer Nicole Lamarque, 29, Garden Grove, was arrested for petty theft from buildings and trespassing – refusing to leave a property. Bail was set at $500.

16th Street I 2300 Block I DUI Alcohol and Drugs and Driver Possessing an Open Alcohol Container

12:46 p.m. Renee Jeanette Bemis, 40, Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and having an open container of alcohol while driving. Bail was set at $2,500.

Old Newport Center Drive I 400 Block I Disorderly Conduct Alcohol

4:27 p.m. Stephen Andre Fontaine, 62, Santa Ana, was arrested for disorderly conduct concerning alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

MacArthur Boulevard I 4600 Block I DUI Alcohol with a Prior

4:51 p.m. Alfredo Cabreraleal, 34, Costa Mesa, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior. Bail was set at $10,000.

Jamboree Road & Bayside Drive I Drinking in Public, Open Container and Probation Violation

5:57 p.m. Robert Carl Munson II, 51, Newport Beach, was arrested for drinking in public, having an open container of alcohol, and a probation violation. Bail was set at $15,000.

Mesa Drive I 1500 Block I Parole Violation and Controlled Substance, Paraphernalia and Narcotics

11:14 p.m. Richard Anthony Castellano, 23, Newport Beach, was arrested on a parole violation, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500.

Wednesday, June 13

23rd Street & W. Balboa Blvd. I Drinking in Public, Open Container, Disorderly Conduct, Throwing a Cigarette

1:55 p.m. Stephanie Scaramella, 55, Newport Beach, was arrested for drinking alcohol in public, disorderly conduct for alcohol, and throwing/discharging a cigarette onto a highway. Bail was set at $500.

Birch Street I 4800 Block I Paraphernalia and Controlled Narcotic Substance 

2:24 p.m. Kyle Edward Swallow, 24, Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of unlawful paraphernalia and possession of a narcotic controlled substance. Bail was set at $2,500. 

Hilaria Way I 4000 Block I Probation Violation, Controlled Narcotic Substance and Under the Influence 

6:44 p.m. Johnny Ignasio Puzzio, whose age was listed as 99, was arrested for felony probation violation, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $10,000.

Westminster I Springdale Street I 1400 Block I Fireworks w/o Permit and Unclassified Fireworks

7:37 p.m. Donnell Keith Parma, 33, Long Beach, was arrested for selling/using unclassified fireworks and possession of fireworks without a permit. Bail was set at $500.

Superior Ave. & Ticonderoga Street I Disorderly Conduct

9 p.m. Windy Noelle Mattison, 45, Huntington Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct for alcohol. Bail was set at $500.

Ocean Blvd & 1st Street I Warrant

10:53 p.m. Scott Betancourt, 22, Santa Ana, was arrested for a warrant. Bail was set at $5,000.